The fit and flare dress was probably the most worn dress style of the 1950s. It wasn’t as dressy as the circle dress, it was easy to wear and flattered every body shape. Pair with a smart hat, pearls and gloves for a dressy look, and with a some bright and colourful plastic jewellery and a Kelly handbag for an outfit that looks great all day!
The ultimate 50s silhouette is the circle dress. Everyone who had places to go wore this style, whether it was a strapless long skirted version at a society event, or a teenager at a party. Team with flat heels and bobby socks for a young fun look and heels, gloves and some sparkly jewellery for a classy ensemble.
This is the dress worn by the most famous woman of the 1950s: Marilyn Monroe. While she looked fabulous in everything she wore, Marilyn made the wiggle dress truly her own. If you’re in any doubt take a look at this clip (just like Jell-O on springs!):
Guest post from Mary who blogs about all things to do with vintage and classic cinema at We Heart Vintage